119. The Psychedelics of Sound & Breath Part 1 with Elian Zach

Elian Zach

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WOOM CENTER is the first of its kind yoga and meditation studio based primarily on the therapeutic properties of sound vibration. Birthed over the dusty grounds of Burning Man by husband and wife team Elian and David Zach-Shemesh, WOOM CENTER is a hub for total physical and sensory immersion rooted in the belief that clarity and empowerment are best achieved through self exploration.

WOOM focuses on the senses as the most direct way to experience reality, and sensorial stimuli as a way to reach powerful physical and non-physical states of being.

WOOM CENTER provides multi-sensory experiences by means of innovative technology, to enhance the benefits available across a variety of practices. The studio features a custom 3D sound system created by Terence Caulkins of Arup, an enveloping visual installation with audio-responsive software customized by Dan Baker and Bradley Leinhardt, a signature essential oil blend created by bioalchemist Michelle K Gagnon, and a communal area serving beverages and vegan snacks. All features are integrated into WOOM CENTER’s house offerings, WOOM Yoga Experience and WOOM Sound Experience.

WOOM CENTER draws from many philosophies and maintains a non-denominational stance. While WOOM Yoga Experience is the most frequent on the schedule, the studio also includes daily soundbased experiences and weekly special events. The studio’s meditation offerings consist of weekly sound journeys and sound baths led by well-known practitioners in the burgeoning space. WOOM CENTER also serves the community as a destination for workshops and lectures.

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Do you like to get high? Come on, you can admit it. You might not fancy smoking crack in a back alley, but chances are better than even that if you have a pulse, at some point in your life you have used something to alter your state of mind. Your drug of choice might have been chocolate, or maybe just refreshing your Instagram feed one more time, but no matter who you are, we all like to get that hit. To feel happy- to feel free. Or at the very least, distracted.

Since the beginning of time, humans have loved to expand their perception of reality and to explore the unknown realms of their inner universe. Through our evolution, we've systematically discovered every mind-altering substance on the planet, and if we couldn't find it, we made it. We've erected sophisticated laboratories, and scoured the jungle floors of The Amazon, all in the great pursuit of getting off. No matter what means we've used to expand our consciousness, the basic fact remains: By and large; people like to get lit.

However, when most of us pursue a psychoactive experience, we almost always look outside of ourselves for the chemistry by which to induce the desired state. Except for orgasmic climax, people generally defer to some external stimuli when it comes to escaping the confines of our ordinary embodied state of being.

Our guest in this episode, Elian Zach, has made it her life's mission to help people explore the inner dimensions of their minds and souls using two tools older than humankind itself: Vibration and oxygen. Or in the case of her uber-popular New York City yoga/meditation hideaway Woom Center, sound and breath. Using an endless array of obscure and outlandish instruments, light shows, and shamanic breathwork practices, she and her partner/husband David Zach-Shemesh regularly take their devoted community of Manhattan cosmonauts on sonic journeys that fall nothing short of miraculous. I’ve taken many a trip with them, and each time experienced a profound shift within, which is why I just had to capture some of that mojo and share it with you.

In this epic, double episode, you will learn everything ever wanted to know about reaching nirvana here on earth. But perhaps the best part is that the only ticket you need to take this psychic cosmonautical voyage is your mind, body, spirit, and breath. Not to mention you can leave out the hangovers, and felony controlled-substance possession charges.

Do yourself, and humanity a favor and share this episode with one friend who could use some soul liberation right now.

May the longtime sun shine upon you,

Luke

TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THIS PART ONE EPISODE:

  • Elian's journey from acting to consciousness
  • How language is sound
  • Her husband and partner David, and how he was an influence in her path to sound healing
  • All the natural means by which humans can explore their senses and consciousness
  • The Burning Man phenomena, and why people keep going
  • The impact of collective intention, and how it makes a difference in the ecosystem of the world
  • The role of drugs and plant medicines in spiritual pursuit
  • My LSD trip and the takeaway gift
  • The value of doing psychedelics with conscious consumption
  • The drugs your body makes during breathwork
  • Stanislav Grof and LSD research
  • The types of breathwork, and how they effect us
  • Her experience with Holotropic Breathwork  
  • Different breathing patterns as related to yoga, and how they remove past trauma and negative emotions
  • The importance of having a sitter when doing intense breathwork

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